Welcome to Paradise
If you’re wondering how to spend one week in Bali, then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve visited the “Island of the Gods” on six separate occasions now, and have even lived here for a couple months, and it’s become one of my favorite islands in the world!
With it’s unbelievably delicious food, friendly locals, beautiful temples, stunning waterfalls, gorgeous beaches, epic landscape, and wild nightlife – it’s safe to say that there’s a little something for everyone in Bali.
While I would highly encourage you spend more than just one-week in Bali, I understand that some people have tighter time restraints for their travels. So I put together this fun Bali travel guides for 7 days, and hope you can find it useful! It’s filled with the best destinations, cafes, food, bars, etc – and everything I’d recommend you to check out while visiting this little slice of paradise.
So take a look at my one week in Bali Itinerary, and feel free to contact me with any questions you have!
Update: I just finished writing a behemoth of an article titled “The ULTIMATE Bali Itinerary | How To Plan the Perfect Bali Vacation“, so give that one a read as well!! It’s one of the most comprehensive Bali guides you’ll read!
Arriving to Bali | Important Info
Okay, so you’ve managed to make it to Bali, get through immigration, and collect your bags…? Great! Now, I must warn you that the worst part about visiting Bali is getting out of the airport!
You will be harassed by dozens of guys asking you for a taxi/ transport, and it can be relaly overwhelming. I’d strongly recommend booking yourself a Bali Airport Private Transfer for $15 and save yourself the stress.
Just like most developing countries, corruption and scamming tourists is quite common in Bali, and I just don’t trust the taxi system. I’ve used this Bali Airport Private Transfer before and I’d highly recommend it. It’s simple and just makes the arrival / hotel check-in process a lot more stress-free.
Bali Sim Card
Looking to stay connected while exploring Bali…? While most cafes, bars, and hotels have pretty reliably fast internet, I always think it’s best to have some data on your phone. As long as you have an unlocked smartphone, you can purchase a sim card at the airport.
These were the prices when I left in January 2019, but I don’t think they change all that often. I’ve ALWAYS used the simPATI and have never had any issues, and I would definitely recommend them.
For only one week in Bali, I think most people will be able to get away with the 17gb for 300,000 IDR, which is roughly $21.00 U.S.D.
Bali Travels Tips & Suggestions
- Let your banks know you are traveling and use the ATM’s to guarantee the best exchange rates. There are tons of places that offer currency exchange, and they are notorious for ripping you off!
- Hiring a car with a private driver is extremely affordable in Bali! You can spend a whole day exploring Mt. Kintamani, various temples, waterfalls, and a whole lot more.
- During this one-week itinerary, you could easily add a 1 Night Trip to the Gili Islands (substituted from Ubud).
- Enjoy the affordable Balinese massages as much as possible.
- Buy & drink the fresh coconut water to keep hydrated in the humidity!
Don’t Visit Bali without Travel Insurance!
While I never travel anywhere without booking a travel insurance policy, this is absolutely essential for all visitors to Bali!
So I’ll repeat…
Please, do NOT visit Bali WITHOUT Travel Insurance!
It’s unfortunately all too common that people come to Bali, get into a scooter accident, and end up needing a lot of medical attention! This, as you can imagine, is not cheap, and while the Bintangs and good vibes are, don’t expect medical treatment as a foreigner to also be great value! These bills will really add up, and sometimes they won’t even operate before they know you’re covered! I’ve had at least four friends now get in serious accidents, but only half of them had travel insurance to cover their needs! Trust me – especially if you plan on driving or getting on the back of a moto (which you most likely will), you’ll want peace of mind to make sure you’re covered! You also need to consider other issues that could arise, such as theft, boats sinking or water damage, or catching dengue… trust me when I say these warnings aren’t to scare you, but real-life examples I’ve seen during my time in Bali!
I highly recommend HeyMondo due to their extensive range of cover for all situations and trip lengths, their fair pricing, and their handy app which allows you to not only manage any claims within the app, but also access free assistance online so you don’t need to rack up an expensive phone bill while in Indonesia where the charges are steep!
So, whether you need a single trip cover for two weeks in Bali, or an affordable annual cover for multiple trips worldwide, be sure to buy your travel insurance before you travel, and relax during your trip knowing that HeyMondo has your back. Nowadays I would never travel without insurance again, especially after hearing so many of those (expensive and dangerous) horror stories from other travellers I’ve met!
Still planning your trip? You can always just get a no commitment travel insurance quote now, so you have an idea of how much extra to budget for your vacation!